What is CAT?

Common Admission Test or CAT is the national level management entrance exam conducted by Indian Institute of Management for admission to 20 IIMs and more than 100 B-schools across India. Around 2 lakh MBA aspirants take the test every year. CAT is a computer based test consisting multiple choice objective type questions from Quantitative Ability, V..Read More

CAT Important Dates

Application Date
Application Date


08/Aug/2018 to 19/Sep/2018  12:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Admit Card Date
Admit Card Date


24/Oct/2018 to 25/Nov/2018  

Exam Date
Exam Date


25/Nov/2018  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

25/Nov/2018  2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

CAT Exam Insights

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CAT Application Details

  • Candidates have to visit the official website to register by filling up personal information like name, date of birth, email address, country and mobile number.
  • Enter the captcha and click on ‘I Agree’ check box.
  • You will receive the login credentials – Login ID and Password through SMS and Email.
  • Login to the website by clicking on ‘Existing User’ tab.
  • Fill up the form with sections like Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes.
  • Upload recent passport size photograph and signature in .jpg or .jpeg format, not exceeding 80 KB in the given dimensions, 35mm x 45mm for photograph and 80mm x 35mm for the signature.
  • NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD-DA category candidates have to upload requisite attested certificates.
  • Select the IIM and programmes for admission.
  • Select any four test cities in terms of preference.


CAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Abled (DA) category) awarded by any recognized University or institute.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate within the stipulated date.


CAT Exam Fee

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CAT Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam: Online
Exam Format: Objective
Number of Sections: Three
CAT Exam Section Number of TopicsNumber of QuestionsSection Score
Quantitative Ability
Logical Reasoning And Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension
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CAT Exam Centers

CAT exam will be held at 137 centers across the country

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CAT Counselling Details

  • Candidates are shortlisted by IIMs and other participating institutes on the basis of CAT Cutoff. Some IIMs also consider past academic performance, work experience etc.
  • The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT)/Group Discussion (GD)/Group Activity (GA)/Extempore Activities and Personal Interview rounds.
  • Final selection is made on the basis of the cumulative scores of CAT, WAT/GD-PI rounds and other factors like overall candidate profile including past academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities, gender and academic diversity.
  • Older IIMs and non-IIM B-schools conduct separate selection procedure in multiple locations.
  • The new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where WAT-PI rounds are conducted by the selection committee of the new IIMs. IIMs declare separate shortlists and final selection list but the selection process is common.



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anand gnana 11 hours ago

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Anand GnanaLast Seen: 11 hours 22 min agoJoined on: 08-Jan-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above

A SC candidate 2017 passed out from NIT & with no experience.What is the probability of getting calls in CAT 2018 & percentile required ?

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Md Bahauddin 9 hours ago

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Md BahauddinLast Seen: 7 hours 30 min agoJoined on: 02-Jun-2018Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: In Graduation
Hey Anand,It depends on your marks and skill.So if you have score good in CAT exam then you will be selected, basically experience is important but if you have quality and your interview is gone good ...Read More

anand gnana 12 hours ago

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Anand GnanaLast Seen: 11 hours 22 min agoJoined on: 08-Jan-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above

Can I Upload Caste Form 2017 in this year CAT 2018.....?

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Md Bahauddin 9 hours ago

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Hey Anand,Yes you can, But see the last date of the form to use.Generally caste certificate form is used for 1 year only. So if your certificate crossed 1 year then it will not in use other wise you c...Read More

ESWARA RAO PITTA 16 hours ago

ESWARA RAO PITTALast Seen: 16 hours 1 min agoJoined on: 15-Aug-2018Education Interest: MedicineEducation Level: Graduate & Above

My score is 473 in NEET 2018, AIR 32806, AP State Rank 2025, AU region. I belong to UR cat, do I have any scope of getting an MBBS seat?

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Mahima 15 hours ago

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MahimaLast Seen: 6 hours 35 min agoJoined on: 11-May-2018Education Interest: LawEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hey.Here is a list of all government medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh and their respective cut offs under the State quota ( AU Region) for the Unreserved category. Considering your rank you don't se...Read More

Akash Mahawar 20 hours ago

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Akash MahawarLast Seen: 14 hours 21 min agoJoined on: 15-Aug-2018Education Interest: MBAEducation Level: Graduate & Above

Which book to follow to master in READING comprehension?

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Omisha sharma 19 hours ago

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Omisha SharmaLast Seen: 5 hours 24 min agoJoined on: 08-Apr-2018Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: In Graduation
Hi,      If you really want to enhance you comprehension solving skills then you must go for solving papers of different exams that give comprehension skills as a test. There you c...Read More
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Ankur Aggrawal 21 hours ago

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Ankur AggrawalLast Seen: 15 hours 53 min agoJoined on: 13-May-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: In Graduation

To fill up cat Registration form there is a section program. In this section there are three category given by one college PGP, EPGP, FABM.

what should I fill one in threes and different between in threes

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Manish Thakur 21 hours ago

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Manish ThakurLast Seen: 12 hours 14 min agoJoined on: 02-Dec-2016Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi Ankur, You should fill PGP which is the regular 2 year MBA program. EPGP is for the 1 year executive MBA program if you have work experience probably more than 3 years then one can pursue this whi...Read More